The attacking midfielder believes his new team are equipped to take the points off the title-holders when the two teams meet at AAMI Park this weekendMelbourne Heart midfielder Iain Ramsay believes that Saturday's opponents Central Coast Mariners are ripe for the taking and is confident of his side's chances of securing the three points.
Coming off the back of a scoreless Melbourne derby, the new signing is confident that the Heart can turn around their poor away form from last year.
The 25-year-old believes the reigning premiers have lost a number of key players from last season and will struggle in the first weeks of the 2013-14 season.
"I think it's a great time to get them early and get one over them," said Ramsay.
"We're confident from the training that we have done this week that we'll get three points against them on Saturday."
Ramsay has praised how far the side has come tactically from last season and believes the opening round against the Victory showed a compact and organised outfit.
"We've worked really hard on our tactical game throughout pre-season as you can imagine," said the left midfielder.
"You can see from the game against Victory how tactical we are now and I'm sure we'll keep improving throughout the season."
Last season saw Heart win only once away from home, 2-1 against Melbourne Victory, with the team going on to lose 12 of their 14 away games.
Heart coach John Aloisi has told his side to forget past form and focus on getting the results this campaign, starting with the trip to the Central Coast this weekend.
"John has come out and said put the past behind you and look forward to this season," said Ramsay.
"We've got a great squad [and have] a lot of depth in the squad and we believe in the players that we have."
Speaking about his captain Harry Kewell, Ramsay believes it is only a matter of time until the former Liverpool star is back to his best.
"Obviously he copped that knock just above his eye so he's looking to make sure it's stitched up and he recovers properly," said Ramsay.
"Harry's looked really well, even in the weeks leading into the first game his sharpness is there and you can see he'll just keep getting better week by week."
Hopeful of his chances of becoming a regular starter, Ramsay said he has settled well into his new side since signing from Adelaide.
"Obviously I was a regular at Adelaide and I'm trying to push my way into this team now," said Ramsay.
"I'm very happy to be part of the squad and I'd like to do a lot of great things for the club."